Michael has written 6 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • A Quiet Place Part II

    A Quiet Place Part II


    Fun summer type action/thriller. Admired a few brave storytelling choices. Perfect run time for this type of movie.

  • Macbeth



    Great production design. Polanski really makes use of the Middle Ages world. As usual, the Shakespearean dialogue was hard to follow, but the visual storytelling helps viewers along.

  • Sweet Smell of Success

    Sweet Smell of Success


    Great ‘50s NYC vibes. Curtis’s Sydney Falco is a tough hang at times. Wish Lancaster had played J.J. Hunsecker just a smidge more off kilter since his motivations are so bonkers.

  • Chimes at Midnight

    Chimes at Midnight


    Beautiful film. Sad to see Welles at this stage of his acting career. Little difficult to follow the Shakespearean dialogue, but worth the watch for the visual experience.

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love


    Rewatching a few Wong Kar Wai’s films after listening to the latest Big Picture podcast. Started here because I recall enjoying it the most (and its on HBO Max). Enjoyed the rewatch. Looks impeccable. Very sincere period detail - could be released now as is and it wouldn’t seem early-2000s at all. Strong start, but the film started to lose me a little near the middle when it gets really moody and contemplative. 10/10 on the impeccable different/same dress scale.

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood


    A solid hang. Great showcase for Pitt and DiCaprio as co-leads. Wish the movie had purely focused on their relationship and changing Hollywood in the late 60s. The Manson Family stuff at the end felt very wedged in and unnecessary.